Everyday Things We Do that Can Chip Our Teeth

We brush our teeth twice a day with the best intentions of protecting them from tooth decay and cavities; however, did you know that many of your daily activities could be harmful to your smile? Your dentist in Cupertino explains.

Undesirable Habits

Using your teeth like scissors or a bottle opener are some obvious bad habits that you are probably aware you should avoid. But even chewing things like ice and that last bit of hard candy you’ve been sucking on could be enough to cause a small fracture or chip to your tooth.

Then there are the food related accidents. Such as the rogue popcorn kernel that you bite just right to crack your tooth, or the odd angle you were chewing at that made your grind together just enough to chip one of them.

While these are mostly out of your control, you can still avoid the bottom of the bag popcorn, or remove it if you feel a hard piece in your mouth.

Trauma or Accidents

There are some accidents or trauma to your face that you’re just not going to be able to avoid, but for other situations you can take protective measures.

For example, wearing a mouth guard if you participate in sports. Did you know that sports related trauma accounts for nearly half of dental emergencies? Protect your teeth by investing in a customized mouth guard, which provides a better fit than a generic product found at your sporting goods store.

The Good News

If you’ve found yourself facing an unavoidable accident or trauma that has chipped or broken your tooth, you can rest at ease knowing that you have options. Your dentist in Cupertino has solutions that will restore function and aesthetics to your smile once again such as:

You may even be able to get away with smoothing your tooth if your chip is very minor.

The important thing to remember is to contact your dentist right away to figure out your options and avoid further damage to your tooth or surrounding teeth. Your smile will be back on track in no time!

Please note that our dental implant, reconstructive, and surgical procedures - as well as any urgent dental care services - are performed at our Mountain View location, which is less than 15 minutes away from Alpine Dental Care. Smile by Design has a state-of-the-art facility that features all the latest technology. Dr. Donian Shen is extensively trained in the placement of dental implants, has many years of advanced dentistry experience, and is a sustaining member of the International Congress of Oral Implantology.

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